|September 2010||Vol 1, Issue 11|
NJ Afterschool Action
News, Policy and Research
|Welcome to NJ Afterschool Action!|
|Welcome back! NJ Afterschool Action took a break in August, but now
as we enter the busy month of September, I am pleased to bring you
another edition of our newsletter. I am also pleased to announce that
the C.S. Mott Foundation has awarded our statewide network an
Achievement grant! This grant will support a major initiative to
develop and implement NJ's first set of Quality Standards for
Afterschool as well as other projects. We are launching this initiative
with some roundtable events next week and I encourage to attend if
possible. Registration is available by clicking here and more
information can be found below. For those who cannot attend, there will
be other ways to participate including a "virtual roundtable" in
October. Details to follow shortly! We want to hear your thoughts and ideas throughout this process, so please do not hesitate to contact us. |
Read. Learn. Get involved. Together we can make a difference.
|New Initiative: Quality Standards for Afterschool|
|With support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, NJSACC is launching a new initiative to develop NJ's first Quality Standards. Please join NJSACC at a roundtable discussion on improving quality
in afterschool and summer programs through expanded learning
Click here to RSVP
The roundtables will be on the following dates/locations:
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 10am-12:30pm at the Haddon Fortnightly Women's Club in Haddonfield, NJ
(301 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033)
Friday, September 24, 2010 from 10am-12:30pm at the First Baptist Church in Westfield, NJ
(170 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ 07090)
Please note that we will begin these roundtable discussions promptly at 10am. Coffee and light refreshments will be available beginning at 9:30am.
Click here to RSVP
If you cannot attend these events, there will be other ways to participate beginning next month.
- Webinar: details on this "virtual roundtable" will be released shortly.
- Online: we will be launching a new page on our website dedicated to this project.
|Registration Opens for "Building Connections", NJSACC's Annual Afterschool Conference|
Click here for more information, including the downloadable brochure and online registration. Registration will be online only.
|New Campaign Shows How Afterschool Programs "Make It Stick"|
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has just
launched its Make It Stick campaign to spread the idea that when academics are
connected to the real world, learning becomes relevant and it sticks.
What is Make It Stick:
Make It Stick is a campaign to advance a new vision
for education in America that seeks to re-imagine how, when and where young
people learn. In this New Day for Learning, education isn't just what
happens in school: it's taking place afterschool. In the summer. On the job. In
the community. Online. And whether we are teachers, parents, business leaders,
members of the community or elected officials, we all have a role to play in
The Make It Stick campaign highlights and supports
the critical role that afterschool plays in ensuring that
young people have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college and
the workforce by:
- Telling stories through videos, blog posts, case
studies and other resources from the afterschool community.
- Providing messaging, research and outreach tools
that can help us make the case for expanded learning opportunities.
How We Can Help Make It Stick:
Our stories and
resources will help build the Make It Stick community, raise awareness about
our great work and help other afterschool leaders across the
country make learning stick.
Host the Brain.
Help get the word out by hosting a Make It Stick web button on your web sites.
Be a Fan.
Become fans on Facebook to share stories and connect with other afterschool leaders across the country who make learning stick.
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|Celebrate Lights On Afterschool|
is open for the 11th annual Lights On
Afterschool on October 21, 2010! |
one million Americans celebrate Lights On Afterschool at 7,500+
events nationwide. Register now and
be part of this important effort to call attention to the importance of
afterschool programs that keep our kids safe, inspire them to learn and
help working families.
49 events in NJ have been registered -- add your event today!
Click here to access the registration form.
|Ed Reform: A Turning Point for Afterschool?|
|This article originally appeared on the Afterschool Alliance's Afterschool Snack blog. |
It's been a hot, hot summer here on the East Coast. But the
sweltering temperature is nothing compared to the heated debate going on
all around the country as the Administration and Congress take up
serious education reform efforts. A lot of big issues are on the table,
including major shifts in funding for afterschool programs as well as
what happens after school and in the summer.
Click here to read more
|White House Releases Report on STEM Education|
|The White House released a report today from an advisory panel on new federal steps to advance STEM education. The report makes many recommendations including utilizing afterschool programs, such as 21st Century Community Learning Centers, to integrate STEM activities into their programs. |
The complete report is available here.
|An Invitation from New Jersey After 3|
|A growing body of research suggests that expanding student learning
time is an effective strategy for improving student achievement,
particularly for low-income students, minority students, and English
language learners. Please help transform learning time in New Jersey by
registering by Friday September 17th for The New Jersey Expanded
Learning Time Summit! Remaining space is limited, and the event is free.|
Please help transform learning time in New Jersey by participating in The New Jersey Expanded Learning Time Summit!
FEE: Thanks tothe generosity of a number of private investors,there is NO COST to attend! Remaining Space is limited however, and you must register by Friday, September17th.
WHEN: September 23, Summit: 10am to 3pm / Followed by an optional Networking Reception: 5pm-7-pm
WHERE: PSEG Headquarters (80 Park Place) in Newark, New Jersey (10am-3pm), Networking Reception @ The Newark Club (5pm-7pm)
WHAT: Participants will learn about the importance
of expanded learning time as a way to prepare students for success in
the 21st century classroom and workplace. Presenters and panelists
include local, state and national researchers, policy makers, educators,
practitioners and funders. This summit sets the stage for a common
vision for future collaboration, leveraging existing and emerging
resources for the maximum benefit of students, schools and families.
Click here for more information
Thank you so much for reading this edition of NJ Afterschool Action. We always want to hear from you, so please send your questions, comments, and ideas to email@example.com.
New Jersey School Age Care Coalition
This newsletter is a part of the New Jersey Afterschool Network, the policy arm of NJSACC. The Network builds lasting public support for quality afterschool programs across New Jersey. Led by a public-private partnership, the network enhances public awareness and support; offers guidance for parents, providers, and advocates; strengthens relationships with policymakers, funders, practitioners, and parents, and shares best practices in the field.